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NFC Championship: Analysis of Philadelphia Eagles-Arizona Cardinals TV broadcast

Tom Jones' Two Cents A look at the Eagles-Cardinals broadcast

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Biggest controversy

Want to know why I think the NFL went to instant replay? Not to get plays right, but because TV production is so good that viewers can see when officials obviously blow a call and the league wanted to avoid such embarrassing moments. You just know the NFL is thoroughly embarrassed that the Cardinals were not awarded the ball on that little pooch kick near the end of the first half when replays showed they should've been. (The play was not open to review because it had been blown dead.) Fortunately for the NFL, the play didn't ultimately matter, but nice job by Fox with its conclusive replays. Also, give Fox credit for continuing to chase the controversy and get a statement from the NFL by halftime. And credit the NFL for admitting the call might have been the wrong one although not allowing a replay challenge was the right call.

Biggest miss

After the Eagles' David Akers missed an extra point near the end of the third quarter, Fox showed that part of the problem was a lousy hold — Akers kicked the laces. Would've been the perfect time to reference Ace Ventura: "Laces out, Dan!''

Most meaningless comment

Fox analyst Troy Aikman praised Eagles receiver Greg Lewis, saying he "made an unbelievable adjustment to the ball'' that was a tad off the mark by Donovan McNabb. First … unbelievable? Really? I saw it and thought it was pretty believable. And second, Lewis flat-out dropped the ball. It's like saying a hitter did an "unbelievable job adjusting to the changeup'' just after he swung and missed.

Worst analysis

Normally, Fox analyst Troy Aikman does a solid job, but he needed to take more of a stand on the biggest play of the game, the Eagles' fourth-down try to keep their season alive. Was it interference? Was it not? Aikman said it looked like contact but basically said it was a tough call. He's paid to analyze and give strong opinions. We knew it was a tough call. He needed to give us more. It's why he's there.

NFC Championship: Analysis of Philadelphia Eagles-Arizona Cardinals TV broadcast 01/18/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 18, 2009 8:49pm]
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